Founded in 1838 and now a National Historic Landmark, Green-Wood was one of the first rural cemeteries in America. By the early 1860s, it had earned an international reputation for its magnificent beauty and became the prestigious place to be buried, attracting 500,000 visitors a year, second only to Niagara Falls as the nation’s greatest tourist attraction. Crowds flocked there to enjoy family outings, carriage rides, and sculpture viewing in the finest of first generation American landscapes. Green-Wood’s popularity helped inspire the creation of public parks, including New York City’s Central and Prospect Parks. The Green-Wood Historic Fund, a 501(C) (3) not-for-profit organization, maintains Green-Wood’s monuments and buildings of historical, cultural and architectural significance; advances public knowledge and appreciation of this significance; and preserves the natural habitat and parklands of one of New York City’s first green spaces.
Green-Wood and Artists
Since opening in 1838, Green-Wood’s beautiful landscape and stunning monuments have inspired artists of every discipline. Not coincidentally, it was chosen as the final resting place of scores of 19th- and 20th-century artists, architects, and designers, including Asher Durand, Louis Comfort Tiffany, John La Farge, Nathaniel Currier, James Merritt Ives, and Jean-Michel Basquiat, amongst many others. Sophie Calle’s installation adds to this rich history and tradition.
Directions to Green-Wood
The main entrance to Green-Wood is located at the gothic arches at 5th Avenue and 25th Street in Sunset Park, Brooklyn.
Green-Wood is easily accessible by public transportation. Traveling by subway, take the R Line to 25th Street in Brooklyn, and walk east one block to Green-Wood at 5th Avenue and 25th Street. Traveling by bus, take B63 Line to 5th Avenue and 25th Street, or take the B37 Line to 3rd Avenue and 25th Street. From 3rd Avenue and 25th Street, walk east two blocks to Green-Wood at 5th Avenue and 25th Street.
(Photo: Courtesy of Green-Wood)